Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Smelly Car
Fast forward 20 years. I'm sitting at a stop light in my 1997 Honda Accord. All of a sudden I smell it. You know the smell. It smells like someones care is about 30 milliseconds from catching fire. That day I'm sitting at the stop light and my nose is starting to burn from the stench. I'm looking around at the cars around me.
so I look around me. New car, new car, new car. that's weird.
And then I see it. There's a wisp of smoke coming out from under my hood.
The truth hit me like a ton of bricks. I Drive The Smelly Car.
That's when I realized that everyone was staring at me. Staring and holding their noses as if they were in a closet with someone who had passed gas. This little old lady next to me was starting to cry. I guess I can add her to the list of girls who I made cry.
I sat and stared forward hoping that no one else would notice my smelly car. My light turned green and I drove off.
It turns out that I had an oil leak and it was burning off on the engine block. But that's not the only thing I've endured with my car.
I've had the shaky car - thanks to a loose engine mount. (I had a student think we were having an earthquake)
I've had the noisy car - thanks to a rattling muffler. (I stopped going through drive through because people would come and crowd around the window to see what was happening)
I've even had the "all of a sudden there is no power in the engine while I'm driving down the interstate" due to a bad O2 sensor. (let's just say, prayer life is enhanced now.)
Each of these things was an easy fix but it's just a realization that my car is getting up there and I'm going to have to move on to a newer one soon.
Any of you have an old car story?? Drop a comment about it below!